4-H urges ‘shout outs’ to youth through social media campaign

(04/18/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – A social media campaign to recognize 4-H leaders nationwide has been underway in Louisiana and across the U.S ending on April 23.

The goal of the #TrueLeaders campaign is 10,000 “shout outs” from the 4-H community.

“We are encouraging everyone to shout out to our true leaders and recognize the good work our youth are doing,” said Janet Fox, LSU AgCenter 4-H youth development head.

She said the #TrueLeaders campaign is being conducted by tagging youngsters on Facebook to announce outstanding work done by 4-H members, junior leaders and volunteers.

To be part of the #TrueLeaders campaign, Louisiana citizens need to use the hashtag #TrueLeaders, along with #Louisiana4-H, Fox said.

The state with the highest number of shout outs will get a nationwide shout out from a celebrity 4-H alumnus, she said. Among these alumni are Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and singer Jennifer Nettles, who are working with the campaign, she said.

The campaign is also aimed at increasing membership and diversity. She said 4-H Club members are usually the best recruiters to get their friends to join.

Fox said Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia are the only three states where 4-H partners with the public school system. “We are fortunate that we are part of the school system. Because of this, our 4-H program is strong and reaches a diverse audience.”

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program develops leadership skills in youth through parish, regional and state efforts.

Fox said the state 4-H program has several state leadership boards for executive, citizenship, healthy living, fashion, shooting sports, science education and technology, and the performing arts.

For more information about the campaign, go to http://www.4-h.org/get-involved/grow-true-leaders-campaign/shout/. For more information about Louisiana 4-H, go to www.LSUAgCenter.com.
4/18/2016 4:20:51 PM
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